In a pivot towards its lost ‘red wall’, Labour is letting Islamophobia go unchecked. As a tactic, it can only fail
Three weeks ago, Keir Starmer seemed to be heading for another byelection humiliation and a senior Labour official told the Mail on Sunday why. “We’re haemorrhaging votes among Muslim voters, and the reason for that is what Keir has been doing on antisemitism,” the unnamed strategist said. “There’s been a backlash among certain sections of the community.” The Muslims of Batley and Spen were apparently so giddy with hatred of Jews that they couldn’t even vote straight.
Outrage ensued. The party censured the statement and hastily announced an investigation into its source. Then came the sequel.